Our Great Story Just Got Better


I am proud and excited to announce that on May 19, 2012, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper visited campus to sign into law a bill creating Adams State University. Our new name will be effective August 7, 2012.

Adams State has changed and grown significantly since its founding 91 years ago. The name has been modified to reflect its evolution, from Adams State Normal School (1925), to Adams State Teachers College of Southern Colorado (1929), to Adams State College (1946), and now, Adams State University.

Through it all, the “Adams State” portion of our name has remained consistent, to demonstrate our enduring commitment to providing a high quality college education to rural Coloradans, particularly in the San Luis Valley and Southern Colorado. Adams State will continue its mission as a moderately selective institution where access and student success are paramount.
Adams State University remains true to its essential character and values: small classes, instruction by tenured professors who care about their students (at the undergraduate and graduate level), a full liberal arts program of study, many co-curricular activities, a tradition of athletic achievement, a great (and newly remodeled) residential campus, and the best value in four-year higher education in Colorado.

Dr. David Svaldi